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Russian Official: Latin America May Be 'Last Chance' for Snowden

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The new reports came as Snowden faced the logistical nightmare of escaping Russia for a safe haven in Latin America after the leftist leaders of Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua all offered him asylum. All three have strained ties with Washington and represent Snowden's best options after his rejection by many of the 27 nations he had applied to for protection. Washington has urged Russia to hand over Snowden as a gesture of good will because the two sides have no extradition agreement. President Vladimir Putin -- a former KGB spy who has often sparred with the White House during his 13 years in power -- has flatly refused and suggested that Snowden had better quickly decide where he wants to go. One of Russia's most senior lawmakers suggested Sunday that Snowden should accept an offer extended to him by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. "Venezuela is waiting for an answer from Snowden," said parliament's foreign affairs committee chairman Alexei Pushkov. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit